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Training Course: Advanced Grammar

2019 IPEd Conference


Advanced Grammar

with Glenys Osborne

Saturday 22 September 2018

10 am to 5 pm

Is it time to refine or extend your working knowledge of grammar?

Grammar for Editors: Advanced builds on participants’ knowledge of intermediate grammar to explore the finer points of copyediting.

Topics include: complex agreement; inclusivity; incomplete sentences; infelicities of style; parallelism and its limits; problematic modifiers; problems with tense; reader and market considerations; recasting to change voice; register and usage; similes and metaphors; the subjunctive mood.

Format: The course comprises pre-course reading, class instruction, individual and group exercises, class discussion, and take-home exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of problematic grammar and/or usage that they have encountered in their work, for possible inclusion in class discussion. Solutions to exercises will be emailed to participants approximately two weeks after the course.

Please note: This course is suitable only for those with a good understanding of grammatical terms and their application. Before booking, you may ask to be sent a short test to determine whether the course is appropriate for you.

About the trainer: Glenys Osborne writes, edits and teaches. She was formerly managing editor at Macmillan Education Australia and at Thomson Learning (now Cengage), and fiction editor for the creative journal Etchings. She taught editing in the RMIT Master of Communication course for more than a decade, and has taught a wide range of editing- and writing-related courses in tertiary and corporate environments.

Glenys has won numerous prizes for her short fiction. Her first novel, Come Inside, won the Barbara Jefferis Award and was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year, among other awards. She is working on a grammar text, two novels, a collection of short stories and a PhD.

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